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Altisource Portfolio Solutions SA has announced it has acquired the Owners.com business to expand Altisource’s growing position in the residential real estate industry. The acquisition adds an innovative, flat-fee MLS service to Altisource’s offerings, enabling the company to serve the fast-growing category of limited service home sellers. Owners.com will operate alongside Altisource’s online real estate auction marketplace, Hubzu.com.
“Owners.com is one of the leading self-directed online real estate marketplaces, and this acquisition fits perfectly with the future of our company," said Altisource Chief Executive Officer William Shepro. "It allows us to combine the expertise we offer the online home auction industry through Hubzu with an innovative residential sales model to create a unique, best-in-class real estate e-commerce engine. As the real estate market continues to evolve, this acquisition puts us in a strong position to work with real estate agents, home buyers and home sellers to deliver value through the fast growing limited service home sales market.”
Last year, the limited service and self-directed real estate category accounted for 30 percent of all home sales, according to research from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Owners.com was launched in January 1996 and today has become one of the largest marketplaces of self-directed home buyers and sellers. Last year consumers listed approximately 35,000 properties for sale on Owners.com with an aggregate asking price of approximately $11.5 billion. Owners.com offers home sellers access to the key professional listing boards necessary to market a home and professional transaction support during the process.
“Altisource has brought incredible technology innovation to real estate," said Owners.com Chief Executive Officer Steve Udelson. "We are very excited to join such an exceptional organization with the same focus on creating efficiencies in real estate that benefits all parties involved, including agents and consumers. The Owners.com team is committed to creating more market impact, and we are confident that being part of Altisource will amplify our ability to drive change and grow our business.”
Altisource purchased the company for $20 million at closing and up to an additional $7 million in potential consideration based on revenue earned in the two consecutive 12-month periods following closing. Owners.com’s management and employees have joined Altisource.